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White Sox Ruin Tiger’s Opening Day

The White Sox tagged Tiger’s pitching for three homeruns today and the Tiger’s offense was quiet for the second straight game in the Tigers’ loss.  Craig Monroe got things started with a two run shot in the second inning, but then Jim Thome answered in the top of the third with a two run shot of his own.  The White Sox then took the lead when Joe Crede hit a two run homerun in the top of the sixth.  Chris Shelton doubled home a run in the sixth, but that was the closest the Tigers got the rest of the game.  Joel Zumaya relieved Bonderman and Paul Konerko took him deep in the eighth inning.

Jeremy Bonderman struck out eight in seven innings, but he gave up the two homeruns.

So the Tigers drop to 5-2.  Still not bad.  They have the day off tomorrow, and then they have afternoon games against the White Sox on Wednesday and Thursday.

Possible key moment: Brandon Inge pops out on a bunt attempt with Monroe on first and none out in the 7th.

A terrible play, and here we go again with a manager who has no clue about things like this. It was 4-3 Sox at the time, and what do we do? Play for the tie so that we may have the opportunity to have a 50% chance of winning. Terrible call, and the call did come from the bench. It’s not as though Inge has been a bad hitter at the plate this year. He’s done well, actually. I can’t believe i have to see another year of this nonsense.

Posted by Dan on April 10th, 2006 at 1:52 pm

I despise the bunt as well. It’s not as if Garcia had been unittable at that point. But time will tell on Leyland and I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt still.

Posted by KS on April 10th, 2006 at 1:57 pm

I don’t like the bunt call either, but lets not take the blame away from Inge. As a major league player, getting a sac bunt down should be second nature. Bad call or not, it is Inge’s job to get the bunt down.

Posted by Ryan on April 11th, 2006 at 3:53 am

That’s true, Ryan. I didn’t even get far enough to mention that part of it, which is almost as frustrating.

It’s not that I’m not going to give Leyland the benefit of the doubt for a while. I will. And it’s not as though he’s out of the ordinary on this issue, either. It simply amazes me how many managers refuse to listen to reason on this issue. You could say that they are managers and they know best, and while that may be true for many things, it simply isn’t true on the constant goddamn bunting for no reason. They feel that it’s “smart” baseball, and it was taught to them by older guys who held on to relics of a bygone era. I don’t care what any of these geezers say. It does not make sense for a good hitter to bunt a guy over to second when you’re down by a run. I’m sorry to rant about it so much, but I’m so tired of seeing it! It is a microcosm for a lot of things i don’t like in the world at large. People don’t want to pay attention, and they refuse to learn or think critically about far too many things.

Posted by Dan on April 11th, 2006 at 8:31 am

Completely agree Dan.

Posted by KS on April 11th, 2006 at 3:31 pm

Hey Brian, how about a little something on that game yesterday. Aren’t we suposed to have a new manager? Letting Infante come up in the 9th with a man on base is absolutely unforgivable.

Posted by Dan on April 13th, 2006 at 6:18 am

Dont’ disagree with Dan’s point, but to clarify, Infante came up in the 9th with nobody on and one out. He batted in the 7th with man on 3rd and two out.

Posted by Jeff Harris on April 13th, 2006 at 8:37 am

Here we go again. I like seeing the Tigers score 8 runs, but I like it YESTERDAY, not today. I realize it doesn’t work that way, but it drives a man insane.

How about letting Guillen get thrown out at the plate by at least 10 feet while down by 6 runs? That was one of the dumbest baserunning calls I’ve seen in my life. Who are these people?

Posted by Dan on April 13th, 2006 at 11:49 am

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